Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

United States federal government sues California after it signs net neutrality law

United States federal government sues California after it signs net neutrality law

"Rather than 50 states stepping in with their own conflicting open internet solutions, we need Congress to step up with a national framework for the whole internet ecosystem and resolve this issue once and for all", Spalter said in a statement. California is now set to wage a legal battle against the federal regulator that will decide the outcome of state-level net neutrality in the entire country.

The justice department said it would take California to court on grounds that the federal government has the exclusive power to regulate net neutrality.

Yesterday one of the toughest net neutrality bills now being considered in the United States was signed into law by the Governor of California.

The Trump administration on Sunday sued California immediately after the state's governor, Jerry Brown, had signed a bill that introduces even stronger net-neutrality protections than the Obama-era rules repealed a year ago.

The Justice Department nearly immediately filed its lawsuit, arguing Senate Bill 822 interferes with the federal government's deregulatory approach to the internet, according to a statement. The law also prohibits carriers from demanding special new fees from websites, and it bars Internet providers from selectively exempting their preferred apps from customer data caps. California's legislation - which sailed through both legislative chambers by comfortable margins - is considered the toughest in the nation, because its law goes further than the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules. Scott Wiener, the law's author.

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Telecommunications companies lobbied hard to kill it or water it down, saying it would lead to higher internet and cellphone bills and discourage investments in faster internet. "The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our Constitutional order".

The Trump administration rules were a win for providers like Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), AT&T Inc (T.N) and Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N), but the net neutrality repeal was opposed by internet companies like Facebook Inc (FB.O), Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O).

That could limit consumer choice or shut out upstart companies that can't afford to buy access to the fast lane, critics say. "Gov. Jerry Brown has just restored a free and open internet to the 40 million people of California - the world's fifth largest economy and home to many major tech companies". An identical bill was introduced in NY.

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